TIPP CITY — Had the season begun as originally planned, the Tippecanoe football team would have opened things off with a home game against Mount Healthy.
But nothing has gone as planned in 2020 — a fact the Red Devils are already quite familiar with.
And all of the adversity Tippecanoe has faced this season helped prepare it for Friday’s Division III, Region 12 second-round matchup as the seventh-seeded Red Devils scored with three minutes remaining to take the lead and held on from there for a hard-fought 11-6 victory over No. 10 Mounty Healthy at Tipp City Park.
Neither offense had much luck finding the end zone throughout the game. An intentional grounding penalty in their own end zone resulted in a safety against the Fighting Owls (3-5), giving Tippecanoe a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. From there, it was mostly a battle of field goals, though, as Mount Healthy’s Ja’Vier Etheridge kicked a 38-yarder to put Tippecanoe (6-1) down 3-2 at halftime. Owen Hadden kicked a 22-yarder to put Tippecanoe back on top, but Etheridge hit a 32-yarder to make the score 6-5 Owls heading into the final quarter.
But an interception by Jason Rindler — the game’s only turnover — with less than five minutes remaining set Tippecanoe up on the Mount Healthy 22-yard line, and Cayd Everhart scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Devils an 11-6 lead with three minutes to play. The Tippecanoe defense then held on fourth-and-goal from its own 7-yard line, and the Devils celebrated their first playoff victory since 2015.
Tippecanoe advances to the regional quarterfinal round, where it will travel to face undefeated and second-seeded Badin (6-0) in Week 9. Badin advanced without playing Friday night as No. 18 Wapakoneta forfeited the second-round game due to positive COVID-19 tests.
COVINGTON — Fifth-seeded Covington trailed No. 12 Arcanum 24-7 in the third quarter Saturday night in the second round of the D-VI, Region 24 playoffs, but the Buccaneers scored 23 unanswered points — including 16 points in the final 3:06 — to rally and defeat the Trojans 30-24 to advance.
Arcanum (5-3) took a 10-0 lead before Trentin Alexander scored on a 5-yard run to get Covington (5-2) to within 10-7 at halftime, but a pair of quick strikes had the Trojans up 24-7 in the third. Deacon Shields broke a 40-yard touchdown run to get Covington to within 10 heading into the final quarter at 24-14.
But Shields caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jensen Wagoner and then ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 24-22 with 3:06 to go and Trentin Alexander scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run with 1:11 to play, Duncan Cooper ran in the two-point try to give the Buccs a six-point lead and the defense held from there.
Covington will travel to No. 4 West Jefferson — which knocked off defending state champion Anna 36-35 Saturday — for a regional quarterfinal game in Week 9.
Valley View 35,
GERMANTOWN — No. 7 Valley View knocked off No. 10 Milton-Union for the second time this season, this time in the second round of the D-IV, Region 16 playoffs as the Bulldogs fell 35-0 to end their playoff run.
Milton-Union (5-3) will host Miami East in a regular-season game in Week 9.
Fort Loramie 49,
Troy Christian 6
FORT LORAMIE — Troy Christian’s playoff run came to an end Friday night as the 15th-seeded Eagles traveled to No. 2 Fort Loramie, falling to the Redskins 49-6 in the second round of the D-VII, Region 28 playoffs.
Fort Loramie (6-1) will host No. 7 Ansonia in Week 9, while Troy Christian (4-4) will travel to Northridge for one of two final regular season games.
• Regular Season
Miss. Valley 0
UNION CITY — Bethel (3-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and rebounded after being knocked out of the playoffs last week, routing Mississinawa Valley (1-7) 49-0 Friday night on the road.
Dallas Simon scored on an 18-yard run and quarterback Mason Brown scored on a 30-yarder to put the Bees up 13-0 after one, then Brown threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jason Bowen and the Bees added a two-point conversion to go up 21-0 at halftime. Brown then hit Nico Golden with a touchdown pass to make it 35-0 after three and turn on the running clock, Golden added a 41-yard touchdown reception from Brown and finally Brown threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night, a 38-yarder to Spencer Briggs, to finish off the scoring.
Bethel is free to schedule two more regular season games in Weeks 9 and 10.
Miami East 35,
National Trail 28
CASSTOWN — Miami East may have been knocked out of the postseason by the defending Division VI state champion last week, but the young Vikings won their second out of their last three games Friday night to improve to 3-5 on the year, defeating National Trail (2-4) 35-28 at home.
Austin Francis led the Vikings, rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, while quarterback Tyler Kirby ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and was 7 for 12 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown to Francis, who caught three passes for 61 yards. Nick Shields also added a touchdown run.
Miami East is scheduled to travel to Milton-Union in Week 9, pending the results of the Bulldogs’ playoff game on Saturday night.
MCGUFFEY — After quarantining for two weeks and not being able to play then being eliminated from the playoffs last week, Lehman (3-3) bounced back with a 24-6 victory over Northwest Central Conference rival Upper Scioto Valley (3-5) Friday.
Lehman will travel to Waynesfield-Goshen for another regular season matchup in Week 9.
BRADFORD — Returning home after snapping its losing streak on the road last week, Bradford struggled to slow down Northeastern (2-6) in a 52-6 loss.
Bradford (1-7) travels to Cedarville for another regular season game in Week 9.